13 Magical Winter Wedding Venues in Chicago

Celebrate in style in the Windy City.
Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
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Heather Bien
Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
Heather Bien
The Knot Contributor
  • Heather contributes wedding, honeymoon, travel and relationship content for The Knot and WeddingWire.
  • Heather also writes for publications including Apartment Therapy, StyleBlueprint, MyDomaine, HelloGiggles and The Everygirl.
  • She holds a degree in Art History and Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Updated Jun 05, 2024

Winter weddings have a special kind of magic. The snow is falling gently outside, evergreens adorn the tables and the glow of candlelight illuminates your love story. And these winter wedding venues in Chicago are the perfect backdrop for your cold-weather romance.

From swanky restaurants to hotels ready for a black-tie soiree to cozy historic spaces, there are as many types of wedding venues in Chicago and the surrounding area as there are types of couples. You can plan an Illinois big-city celebration that suits your wedding style. Maybe that's a tartan-clad Christmastime wedding or a sparkling New Year's Eve fete. You might be dreaming of a monochromatic snow-white affair or a sleek ice-blue cocktail reception.

These 13 magical Chicago winter wedding venues will give you major inspiration and get your wheels turning on booking a wedding venue.

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Morgan's on Fulton in Chicago, Illinois

When you want an outdoor wedding with a winter wedding date, Morgan's on Fulton is the go-to venue. This rooftop venue has incredible views of the Chicago skyline from its glass-enclosed rooftop terrace (it can be opened during warmer seasons). Imagine watching the snow fall around you or taking in a vibrant winter sunset while you're warm, cozy and surrounded by the love of your closest friends and family.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 250 max capacity or 150 for a seated dinner

Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

Expansive, arched windows and a glittering chandelier make the Tip Top Tap Ballroom of Warwick Allerton Hotel one of the most elegant Chicago winter wedding venues to dance the night away. This iconic building has some of the most stunning views in the city from this 23rd-floor space, and the light and bright atmosphere shines in the winter. Picture it with winter white florals, candlelit tables and the ambiance of a glittering midwinter's night.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 250 max capacity or 200 for a seated dinner

Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois

If your tastes combine both the eccentric and the elegant, then a wedding at the Field Museum will bring your dreams (but not the dinosaurs) to life. Host your winter wedding beneath the shadow of massive dinosaur skeletons or hold your first look in front of an Egyptian mastaba. This museum of natural history lets you explore the incredible exhibitions while celebrating with an incredibly sophisticated and architecturally stunning space.

  • Guest Capacity: 10-1,000+

Loft Lucia in Chicago, Illinois

The exposed brick walls and large windows of the Loft Lucia winter wedding venue in Chicago make for a cozy and romantic place to celebrate your love story. Decorate the industrial space with evergreens and candlelight for an intimate, wintery aesthetic. You and your guests will stay warm indoors while watching the magic of the glittering Chicago skyline just outside.

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  • Guest Capacity: Up to 150

The Blackstone, Autograph Collection in Chicago, Illinois

You've long pictured yourself twirling across a formal dance floor, toasting with friends and family in old-world elegance that seems fitting of a Bridgerton-style party. Make that dazzling midwinter celebration a reality at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection. This historic property has been restored to its original grandeur and the Crystal Ballroom is fit for the most opulent celebrations. You can also host smaller, more intimate dinner parties overlooking Grant Park and your guests can stay on the property for an entire weekend of festivities.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 300

Chicago Winery in Chicago, Illinois

Nothing says winter wedding like the intimate ambiance created by a dimly lit space, awash in a glow of candles and centerpiece towers of magnolia leaves. Chicago Winery is located in the vibrant arts district of River North and its uniquely urban style is perfect for big-city couples. There's a four-season terrace, a ceremony space where you can say "I do" surrounded by 360 degrees of friends and family and, of course, an unbeatable wine program of vintages made on-site.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 250

Union League Club of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Picture your first portraits as a married couple on the grand staircase of the Union League Club of Chicago. Toast to a new life together underneath a canopy of formal brass chandeliers. And ring in your first holiday season together at the perfect Christmas wedding venue, decorated in traditional fashion. Built in the 1800s and home to the Union League Club of Chicago since 1879, this classic venue is gorgeous in any season, but its well-appointed indoor spaces shine in the winter.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 400

Salvatore's Wedding Venue in Chicago, Illinois

A big Italian dinner party with your nearest and dearest is a wonderful way to ring in married life together, and Salvatore's Wedding Venue is a Chicago winter wedding venue favorite. This classic space is located in the heart of Lincoln Park, and its white tablecloth ambiance is a timeless backdrop for a winter wedding. The events staff on-site is well-versed in tailoring celebrations to each couple, and you can ask the venue coordinator how to transform the space into your dream wedding day.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

The Library at 190 South LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois

Say "I do" amidst the stacks at The Library at 190 South LaSalle. This elegant space feels both historic and modern, with bookshelves, glowing chandeliers and timeless architectural details at every turn. Your entire bookish soiree can take place here, with ceremony, cocktail hour and reception spaces all offering a classic ambiance.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

Dreaming of a sophisticated ballroom wedding? The Drake Hotel is a Chicago classic. This historic property has maintained all of its 1920s elegance, from the architectural details to the grandeur and romance. This isn't a place where opulence holds back—it's known for welcoming celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Bing Crosby throughout its lifetime. And you'll be the next star to shine under its glittering chandeliers as all eyes are on your first dance.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 900

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois

Dark paneled walls, exposed brick and traditional ambiance set the stage for a cozy wedding inside the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, a circa 1905 property that has maintained its old-world charm while adding modern comforts. Hosting up to 100 people, this restaurant winter wedding venue in Chicago is perfect for an intimate celebration. The in-house catering team specializes in luxurious meals that include steak and seafood, so you can celebrate with a swanky old-school vibe.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Formento's in Chicago, Illinois

Whether you're hosting a small dinner party wedding or bringing together all of your extended friends and family for a fancy fete, Formento's is a classic Italian restaurant that feels like stepping back to a swankier time. This elegant event space can host both Italian family-style dinners and extravagant five-course tasting menus. There are intimate rooms for a dinner party or a ballroom that accommodates up to 200 guests dancing the night away. Don't miss their iconic chocolate cake for a perfectly rich winter wedding cake.

  • Guest Capacity: 8-200

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois

Is there anything more iconically Chicago than saying "I do" on the Magnificent Mile? The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is one of the most stylish places to walk down the aisle in the Windy City, and it can host everything from intimate winter weddings to grand celebrations. Toast to forever with friends and family under the glittering lights of the ballroom, then twirl across the checkered dance floor as you make big city memories that will last a lifetime. This stunning winter wedding venue in Chicago accommodates up to 450 guests.

  • Guest Capacity: 20-450

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